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@5:00. the top five stories making news at this hour. the government now being sued accused of covering up details and being neglect in the shooting of two immigration and customs enforcement agent. he was shot dead in 2011 in mexico by members of a drug cartel. his partner victor avila was seriously wounded. they say the guns were smuggled to the u.s. as part of a failed gun operation and the agent should not have been sent on such a dangerous mission. >> chuck hagel narrowly cleared his first hurdle. the senate committee had a 14-11 party line vote. >> the feat of this nomination say he is leaderless as we have budgetary challenges and we are engaged in combat operations overseas. >> the performance before this committee is the worst i have seen for any nominee for office. he refused to answer a straight forward question as to whether the surge was a success or not. >> hagel's nomination heads for a vote in the full senate. jim imhoff has threatened to filibuster his nomination over concerns about views on israel and iran. a live look at pope benedict xvi holding a weekly audience at the
be in league with another government agency that wants to deport them and that's the problems with 287-g and some of the other information-sharing protocalls. for community policing to work it's hard to have the trust and support of the community. and by the way, if these criminals go unprosecuted in our community and unpenalized for taking advantage of somebody and that not being reported, their next victim could very well be an american. their next victim could be your family. could be my family. and that's why we all have an interest in community policing of law enforcement as well as public health to make sure that people are inoculated and treated early for disease regardless of their status. now, look, the status is not to have this population here illegally. whenever we're talking about this enforcement, yeah, it's tough. there is no right answer. the right answer is comprehensive immigration reform. let's find a way where the people that we need here that have critical jobs in our economy, that have families that are in our community, that have kids that are american and going to
an aggressive state of the union address. it's been widely leaked. he will call for robust government involvement in the economy. more spending on education, infrastructure and green energy. pay for it with more taxes on the private sector and on the rich. the president says the government can rebuild the middle class. on capitol hill there will be numerous standing ovations, but 80% thinks that the opportunity for the next generation is disappearing. more than half think the economy will never fully recover and just as the president demands more spending, he reports waste and fraud in the program is put in place. there you have it. the great divide. that's perhaps the true state of the union. stay right there, "varney & company" is about to begin with dr. ben carson. >> all right. everybody, the headline of this morning is dr. ben carson, the man who lectured president obama at the national prayer breakfast last week. he joins us right now. dr. carson, you've taken a leadership role whether you like it or not. what is your next move? are you going to stand for elective office? >> i
government is still spending billions of dollars on things like giving people free cell phones. it is a shame that our commander is using the military as an ideological crusade for higher taxes. these things have to stop. we should be coming together on issues like creating jobs for hard-working american families, reigning in out of control deb t, and ensuring that we have a strong national defense. we should come together now to replace the sequester. we should not have more tax increases, it better, more responsible spending cuts that put our budget on the path to balance and 10 years. thank you for your time. god bless the men and women in our forces and may god continue to bless the united states of america. >> tomorrow on "newsmakers" our guest is representative harold rogers. it talks about funding the federal government the budget cuts known as sequestration. >> the cuts to the military or the most severe. that will i think require the layoffs of hundreds of thousands of civilian employees, not to mention military operations. but also, these cuts will affect every agency, every operati
governments to prosecute non- native men who abuse women on tribal lands. jefferson kiel, president of the national congress of american indians, made the remarks thursday in the state of indian nations address. he said the death rate of native women on some reservations is 10 times the national average. nearly 60% of native women are married to non-native men, and according to justice department data, non-native men carry out 70% of reported rapes against native women. >> today, tribes to not have the authority to prosecute non- natives who beat, raped, or even kill women on tribal lands. state and federal authorities are often hundreds of miles away without the local resources to investigate crimes. in recent times, u.s. attorneys have declined to prosecute a majority of violent crimes in indian country, most of which are related to sexual abuse. no other government would stand for this violation of sovereignty or continued injustice, no other government should, and no other government has to. the solution is simple. congress must reauthorization the act and assure troubled govern
areas are worse than others. the government has a compelling interest to address this. they need to try to put rules on the table, not to take away the second amendment, but to enforce more rules to negate these happenings. host: the president several times reiterating that the proposal deserves a vote. what he think? caller: i agree. congress is our lawmakers. they put things in place and have to have a vote on this. i agree it should come to that. i believe in the second amendment. we have to make concessions here. host: do you think that congress will take up the votes and what the president is proposing? what do you ultimately think will, of that? caller: i think it will come to a decision. it has become very imperative to do something about it. at this time i think they are going to come to a fair decision across the board, how to address this and put rules in place that we have to negate thkis from happening. host: jim from twitter says this -- "vote on it and move it down, and then move onto something important." we go to ralph on the democrat'' line. caller: i agree with the aut
's infrastructure this without adding to the nation's debt. >> it's not a bigger government we need but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in wide growth. >> reporter: president obama says his main priority is growing the economy. in the audience apple ceo kim cook. the president called on congress to revent billions of the dollars in cuts scheduled to take place on march 1st. with jobs, services and the nation on the line, residents turn out to protest. >> it hurt -- hurts me deeply when they have to play politics with the nation's lives. >>> the president announced 34,000 troops will withdraw from afghanistan by this time next year. that puts the u.s. on track to end the war by the end of 2014. reporting live in washington, jaqueline fell, ktvu news. >>> the republicans chose marco rubio. he is considered the new face of the party with latino backgrounds and humble beginnings. >> it isn't bestowed on us from washington it comes from a vibrant free economy where people can risk their own money to open a business. >> reporter: rubio criticized the president's plan for tax inc
with their small mindedness and small government proposals that they think that they can push through on the american people that i do not think are very popular. host: we have a different opinion from twitter. host: david wright's in on twitter and says -- host: dan is up next in california, republican. caller: hello. i would like to reiterate what was just said. i am a retired federal employees. executive orders used to come few and far between. this president is misusing them to an extreme degree. as the lady put it a little bit ago, executive orders are not meant for executive fiat of anything the president dreams. he is going to ruin the balance of power in this country if he keeps it up. i think he should be impeached for what he has done. host: what you think of the callers who have spoken up and said that congress is not moving and someone has to get something done? caller: that may be the case, but will we do is get congress moving by building a fire under them by making phone calls to them. this government is not set up to be in a balance. when the president tries to make ex
extending the drop. 4.3%. prices dropping to the lowest level in nearly five years, following a government report showing you less than forecasted last week spewing we have mark sebastian and our market panel. kimberly fox. i would like to start with this. don't let a tight range, although the dow was in the 68-point range, but don't let this narrow trading range cloud your vision of what happened. what happened here today? >> you know, we have continued through this trend. it is no longer by the market. you have to be smart about compilations, tons of action out there in individual equity. hopefully getting smoked today, if you are a good equity kicker, smart about the stocks that you buy, you will do great. if you're bad, you will lose. this is something we haven't seen since the financial crisis of 2008. the great time for the rest of 2013. except a nice tone for how traders should approach trading. you cannot just say that the stock market will go up because the s&p is coming around. there are stocks moving within the s&p 500. >> let's talk about gold. for while you couldn't lose. but
and improve our infrastructure, but not by raising taxes. there is plenty of money in the federal government. it is time to find ways to spend it more efficiently. dagen: congressman, thank you very much. that is not the idea that the president throughout their last night. congressman of montana, take care. thank you for being here this morning. connell: another thing we heard from the president was a shout out for apple. the company announcing plans to bring back a new factory jobs back to the united states. connell: let's take a look at oil. 97.45. not moving much today. we will be right back. ♪ i'm a conservative investor. but that doesn't mean i don't want to make money. i love making money. i try to be smart with my investments. i also try to keep my costs down. what's your plan? ishares. low cost and tax efficient. find out why nine out of ten large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk inclu
because the government itself is a consistent obstacle. the national federation of independent businesses recently released figures from december indicating the mood of businesses is at a recession level. 70% of business owners that were surveyed identified the current environment as a bad time to expand and political uncertainty topped the list for the reasons not to attempt economic growth. lee, a resident of muskogee, oklahoma, and president of acme corporation, said a lot of small businesses had to go in debt to stay afloat. he said now they can't make the money they need to to pay down debts due in large part the environment the government has created. i joined a small group of members in congress. i have faced unprecedented difficulties ensuring my business succeeded. i step on the floor of the united states house of representatives with a firsthand understanding how high the hurdles are for a business to succeed and just simply jump over. last month when president obama was sworn into his second term, i was reminded of something he said four years ago in his first inauguration. the
to the average person? why does a huge government debt impact businesses? >> at the end of the day, the issue is there's so much debt on the government's balance sheet that we have to cut back on spending as well as stimulus, and when you think about the dollars injected into the system, some of that will be cut back as well. that's the concern in terms of it doesn't have a question mark on the consumer and put a question mark on how much investment is put forth. >> they are already connecting the dots saying somebody has to pay for a someday, me or my customer. interesting that 68% of u.s. ceos say building a skilled work force should be the government's top prior pickups. what is the government going to do about it? >> they don't see the long term skill set creation to ensure stainability, and literacy or lack thereof, the big k-12 grades are the challenge. how much do i have to continue to invest to supplement what basic education and schools system, should be doing today? >> they are looking at what they have to do to fix the problem themselves? >> yeah, companies think, listen, i'm think
obama with more taxes and more government. marco rubio is incredible. the key to our future is electing more people like him and tom graves and doug collins and tom price. we don't need this more government and taxes. we cannot afford it. rubio is great. he is a future president along with tom graves. host: >> you are frequent caller. every 30 days. respect that rule. what do you think about immigration reform and what senator rubio has put forward with a group of bipartisan senators? caller: its excellent. i think it will pass. the real problem is not immigration paris it is spending. we haver to cut itweubio was great. -- we have to cut spending. the real problem is not immigration but spending. rubio is great. host: have you changed your mind on immigration reform? caller: not really. we just need people like rubio that have the work ethic. it is something we need to do. we have people like ted cruz and marco rubio, who are hispanic and i'd think they will get a lot of hispanic votes. illegal immigration is what we need to do. i think it will be done. i think we will elect a republic
to call for higher taxes to pay for more and more government spending. i don't believe the president acknowledges or at least he didn't last evening, the seriousness of our debt and fiscal crisis. we are nearly $16.5 trillion in debt, and $6 trillion of that debt is from the president's spending over the last four years. and he now has four more years to go. yet rather than tell the american people specifically how he will reduce this unsteanlt debt he pulled out the same tired playbook and made it clear his basic fiscal plan is ever-higher taxes. an almost obsession with telling the american people you're not taxed enough. when we are taxed to death practically and when you add up not just the federal but the state and the local and the sales and the excise and the gasoline and the entertainment and all the other taxes that american people pay in their daily lives that cuts into their paycheck in a very significant way each week, the real question is, is the solution to our problem more taxes on the american people? mr. president, you got your taxes. in the fiscal cliff debate you h
. the quote of the night it is not a bigger government we need. it is a smarter government. >>brian: the president can deliver a speech. he was totally in his element yesterday. he looked totally -- anyone who wants to do well in front of a crowd, you look at bill clinton, ronald reagan and i think president obama. here's the area on which they can agree. immigration reform, both sides agree. voting reform, both sides agree. tax reform, both sides agree. how are they going to do it? at least we know they can approach that together. the spending stuff, why isn't anybody talking about a infrastructure bank, maybe a combination or mostly private banks who have all this money and don't want to spend it or lend it, maybe the government can push the private banks lending into build these bridges in a way in which states can pay back or the people can pay back. >>steve: you were taublging about what a great -- talking about what a great speech the president of the united states gave. there's franken. were you watching john boehner? that guy looked like the guy at the end of a big dinner wh
for a more robust government presence in the economy and saying government and government spending which will rebuild the middle class. he won't call it government spending, he will call it investing and three areas in particular where the president wants to raise the spending level, invest more. they are edation, energy, and infrastructure. he wants to raise the level of spending in those three areas, that he believes, will create jobs. all of this will be partly paid for by raising the amount of money that the government takes from wealthy individuals, raising the amount of money that it takes from corporations and getting more money out of oil companies. overall, alisyn, it will ab fairly aggressive pursuit of the same policies we've been seeing for the last four years, for the next four years. he'll be aggressive this year. >> critics will say this new term, investment in the future is a synonym for stimulus. is there an argument to be made that the white house, i imagine, will make that stimulus was short-term, nd decades to come?future are >> speaker pelosi, former speaker pelosi i
excursions, gratuities, and government fees and taxes. is any of this enough? what do you want to make it better? >> right now we just want them home and want them in our arms, just like everybody on that ship wants to get off that boat. >> there are 4,000 people on that boat that have someone waiting for them out here, just like we're just two. >> after they get settled on land and they get it behind them a little bit, i think it will start to settle and they're just going to realize it's probably not going to be enough. >> did you guys hear anything -- >> they opened the bar up and serving alcohol. >> which one of you brought -- >> serving alcohol to a bunch of angry, starving people. >> on a listing ship. >> did one of you bring antibiotics? >> we sure did. we contacted our doctors and told them what was going on with the situation, that our daughters were on there. they gave us an antibiotic to take with us to get our daughters started on, because we weren't sure we were getting them off. >> we don't know what kind of conditions they're in. we're dealing with staph infections and n
much. the government of mali says it will hold a nationwide presidential and parliamentary elections in the northern town there's a bigger military presence after two suicide bomb attacks last week and heavy fighting involving militias. government troops continued to search houses or explosives or weapons left behind by islamist militants who have disappeared into surrounding areas. our west africa correspondent has more now. >> government troops are standing guard trying to block all access. the threat is largely invisible and islamist militants could strike again at any time. troops from neighboring niger have come to help. the military presence has been increased seriously. assets thatd some seven unexploded that the jihadist groups left behind. people in the towns are telling us where to find a lot of them. we have tried to remove them and destroy them. >> for now the french are leading the way. they had an intervention last month and did not allow time for african soldiers to go through training as originally planned. the french army units conduct joint patrols instead, passing
and of using your tax dollars. hooking people up who did not qualify for this government program. dagen: did they bother to check? talking about the cell carriers and skip the charge cards, use twitter, the new deal that will let you tweak your payments. connell: that sounds a little dangerous. we have neil cavuto talking about the state of the union. with nicole petallides at the stock exchange and stocks, good morning. nicole: we are taking a look at market, 13,999 and change and 14,000 on the dow jones industrials and certainly have a lot of winners to speak of which we will get to in a moment and the tech having nasdaq trying to squeeze out a gain here, the s&p sitting well above the 1500 mark. traders thought there would be a pullback, can't predict one of those because the trend remains to the upside and as we continue to have higher lows and higher highs, and at the same time nervous to go longer on this market because it is up so far so fast and talk about names that are helping the dow long, retail index, bank index, bank of america, travelers, j. p. morgan, american express are a f
-- >> let's agree right here, right now to keep the people's government open and pay our bills on time. and always uphold the full faith and credit of the united states of america. [ applause ] >> reporter: well, the president may have said let's agree right here and now, but when he spouted that line. i noted the democrats clapped and speaker boehner and the republicans, most of them, sat on their hands. as for the issue of gun control the president said, look, i know a lot of you won't be able to vote with me on this, but how about bringing it you'll to a vote, have an up and down vote. it wouldn't be the state of the union if he didn't have the reaction from the congress members who were in the audience on both sides of the aisle. >> the president spent so little time talking about the economic mess we're in, specific goals about getting the sequester delayed. instead spent all the time on gun control and climate change. i was surprised. >> i think he laid out very clearly the sequester approach across the board is not the smart approach. the smart approach is to look at the facts a
, they are government programs meant to help people get back on their feet ghvment but in an economy where job prospects are tough, some are saying these programs are hurting more people than they are helping. we'll explain after the break. it's now 4:49.  >>> help for homeowners who are having a hard time keeping up with mortgage payments. today through monday neighborhood assistance corporation of america is at the d.c. armory to help out with this. this will work with homeowners to find ways to reduce their monthly payments and help buyers get some good rates. mortgage counselors are on hand at the armory from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. again, that is through monday. >>> first time requests for jobless benefits, they dropped by 27,000 last month, but unemployment rates remain high. >> and there are fears the situation could breed a new dependent underclass in america, the unemployed. doug mckelway looks at why that's happening. >> the 47% with him -- >>reporter: mitt romney was roundly secured for those campaign comments which he later called completely wrong. ohio university economist
presidency as his path to improve the economy. he claimed that the new government spending would not add to the alarming deficit that we already have. here is some of last night. >> nothing i'm proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime. it is not a bigger government we need but a smarter government that sets priorities and invests in broad based growth. [applause] martha: let's bring in stuart varney. stuart, what the president is proposing is it really paid for? it is hard to imagine how that could be. >> well the president is proposing a big increase in government spending. that's how he thinks we're going to get growth in the economy. he is basically saying that it is the private sector that has got to pay for it. there is a long list of items, martha. number one, he wants universal preschool. not a word how that would be paid for. that is a big new entitlement program. number two, $50 billion of road and bridge building. three, one billion dollars spent on 15 manufacturing hubs where up-and-coming manufacturing technology would be encouraged. a billion dollars th
't expect government to solve every problem. they don't expect us to agree on every issue. but though expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> president obama urging compromiseeyough expect us to p the nation's interests before party. >> president obama urging compromiseugh expect us to put e nation's interests before party. >> president obama urging compromisegh expect us to put t nation's interests before party. >> president obama urging compromise expect us to put the nation's interests before party. >> president obama urging compromise as he lays out his vision, but will republicans buy it. >>> cruise from hell. more details on board that carnival cruise ship. can i slowly limping its way back to alabama. there is sewage in the hallways. sorry to be sharing those details at this hour of the morning. welcome to a special edition of "early start". >> lots to get to this morning as we hit 5:00 here in washington, d.c.. just a few hours ago really president obama who was challenging congress to act, it was his state of the union address that was a response to from senator mar
they can do is broadcast. and they have a lot of rules that govern how they use the licenses. well, so what if broadcasting, um, over the air is not the wave of the future and instead it's, you know, some sort of mobile, um, you know, mobile service, you know, along the lines of what we do or some other, you know, companies might do? what this does is it actually say toss the licensee, well, if you put your spectrum up for sale, you'll get, you know, some portion of the proceeds. and if buyer comes in and they spend more than what the seller wants, then the commission has figured out that, well, the market has said that it's more valuable for another use. so that's one way. we're also working very closely with the federal government, um, on how to actually move certain federal government uses off of spectrum that's very valuable for mobile uses. there are also a number of, um, you know, efficiency gains that you can get through technology. for example, we launched our 4g network about two years ago, and it is much more efficient. so it allows us to get more use out of the spectrum. so each
in texting while walking through crosswalks. is that a good idea or too much government? >> he bumps into me all the time. >> he bumps into poles. >> "fox & friends" begins right now. >> hey, this is mike roe from dirty jobs. you are watching "fox & friends," cleanest people i have seen in ages. [rooster crowing] >> must be watching this show. papers everywhere. >> good morning, everybody. great to be with you guys. i feel like i haven't seen you for a long time. >> i was traveling. anyways, the holidays, did that just happen? >> i guess so. maybe that's the problem. >> nice to see you, tucker. >> good morning. >> we have a lot coming up this morning a primal workout. alisyn on all fours making a tiger. is that right? >> wow! >> that's what i hear. they tell me i'm going to be acting like some sort of wild beast. >> is that in your contract, alisyn? >> thank you, tucker. thank you. >> i'm going to get my lawyer on the phone as soon as he wakes up. >> massive meteor breaking apart over russia. another meteor overnight. this one over california. dash cam video. wow. of the official falling fro
by a government that are too small is just not true. in fact, the major cause of our recent downturn is the housing crisis created by reckless government policies and the idea that more taxes and more government spending is the best way to help hard-working middle-class taxpayers is an idea that has failed every time it has been tried. >> democrats on the other hand gave senator rubio low marks for similar comments. just about the same time, 10:31. >> presidents in both parties from john f. kennedy to ronald reagan have known that our free enterprise economy is the source of our middle-class prosperity. but president obama he believes it is the cause of our problems. that the economic downturn happened because our government didn't tax enough, spend enough or control enough. and therefore, as you heard tonight, his solution to virtually every problem we face is for washington to tax more, borrow more and spend more. >> with independents, senator rubio scored low marks at 10:40 when he spoke about the second amendment. >> of course we face other challenges, as well. we were all heart
government and can barely afford to feed his family. he's jobless. his story this morning. >>brian: how much would you pay to take these guitars from rock n'roll moves history to your living room? the chance is coming your way as "fox & friends" starts right now. >>gretchen: breaking news because it set off earthquake warnings but it was actually a north korean nuclear test. it all happened hours ago and now the world son alert. kelly wright is on this story for us live in washington right now. good morning, kelly. >> good morning to all of you this morning. president obama calls north korea's latest nuclear test a highly provocative act. north korea announcing it detonated a miniature nuclear device successfully at a northeastern test site. the u.n. confirms the blast was larger than previous tests measuring 4.9 on the richter stkaeul. in a statement -- richter scale. in a statement released through the white house, the president says these provocations do not make israel more secure. far from achieving its stated goal of becoming a strong nation, north korea has instead isolated and impove
and the economy and government spending. so what can we expect to hear in tonight's speech? does the sanction from north korea change anything? joining me now with a preview the anchor of "special report", bret baier. bret, i know you're headed over to the white house in a little while to get sort of a preview of the president's speech. what are we expecting? >> well, jon, that is a lunch with the president that is off the record usually. we'll see what the guidelines are today. usually get some color and some tone and tenor of the day from that experience but we did have breakfast today, television anchors and reporters covering the state of the union address tonight with the house speaker john boehner and sometimes that's off the record as well but today the staff quoted on the record and the speaker said some very interesting things. he said that he did not think, he was not too optimistic, in fact he was pessimistic that the president would seriously deal with the country's spending problem. the deficit and debt problem in the state of the union address significantly and he said this. quote, i
and local government. when i think about the hate crimes cases and the other cases i've done, i've made friends for life with local law enforcement officers, with local da's and local community leaders who have been our eyes and ears. when i look around this audience i really appreciate the fact you have all the ingredients of reform and improvement. i have had the privilege of serving in the federal government, as melinda described, i've had the privilege of serving in state government as a state cabinet official back in maryland, i've had the privilege of serving as a local elected official and governor -- once a local elected official, always a local elected official. what i learned from that is partnership is what it's all about. if you want to confront the most vexing problems, you have to bring people across an ideological spectrum, you have to include the business community, you have to include our nonprofit, our faith leaders. that's how you get things done, when you bring people together. and i look around this room and i see that you have already figured that out. i hope
polling, too. don't believe that the government is capable of securing our borders. his credibility on this is low. i don't think that that's what he shouldn't have talked about in the state of the union. >> i'm asking you a genuine question about this. right? if you want to see this passed, obviously do you. you worked hard on this. i think there -- i covered this issue, too. there is a relative amount of consensus about the immigration reform. if you want to see it passed and the president getting out front of it will imperil passing it, why do you want him to talk more about it? i-want you to answer that question after we take a break. ♪ alright, let's go. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ shimmy, shimmy chocolate. ♪ we, we chocolate cross over. ♪ yeah, we chocolate cross over. ♪ [ male announcer ] introducing fiber one 80 calorie chocolate cereal. ♪ chocolate. 80 calorie chocolate cereal. but that doesn't mean i don't want to make money.stor. i love making money. i try to be smart with my investments. i also try to keep my costs down. what's your plan? ishares. low cos
. >> that is surprising because they are homeland security and the government in general. >> a 32-year-old woman who works in the cafeteria told detectives her supervisor sexually assaulted her at their workplace. she claimed the abuse began inside the building which is surrounded by tight security last spring. she alleged her super surpriser shoved her face first and raped her. he also sexually assaulted her on numerous occasions since then. >> the security is not letting outside people in, i don't think there is that much security in the way that employees are treated. >> it can happen anymore. i know it should be different because it is homeland security. >> that is unacceptable and to happen in n that building that is even worse. >> now, just moments ago we received this statement from the department of homeland security. late last year, a contract employee assigned to the nebraska avenue complex cafeteria was arrested following allegation lings of sexual abuse and assault by a fellow contract employee. the individual has been charged in superior court and has b
with that in particular? >> first of all this is government at its best. you have the president up there blaming the republican party and what is funny this is the president's idea to begin with. but the way government plays instead of looking at good programs and bad programs they want to be politically correct which it is political correctness killing this country, they want to wave a magic wand, all programs are treated the same. why don't we take a business approach like we do in all companies. look at things that are working and reward them and get rid of things that aren't working. there are a lot of programs in our government that makes no sense. a lot of duplicate programs, our own senator from the great state of oklahoma, pointed it out, senator coburn and the senate wouldn't pick it up. instead we'll cut across the board and hurt things that really mean a lot to people that --. melissa: congressman, is there something you can do about that in the short term? can you get a group of people, get out a pencil, get out a calculator and figure out what is not working? i agree with everything
of that slowing down the workings of government. but i actually think that john mccain's -- >> you know, though, richard that in the end, we're hearing in the end most likely he's going to pass and be secretary of defense. so why hold him up over a recess when the pentagon desperately needs somebody at the helm? >> because in a funny sort of way, joe, it's exactly what mccain said. it's a way of getting their pound of flesh. it's a way of sending a message to hagel. and it's just a way of almost acting out the kind of rancor and just the dislike that is out there. >> you seem awfully calm about this and resolved that this is just the way washington works. does this not trouble you at all? >> of course it troubles me, but it's also just the way that washington works. i do think in the end chuck hagel will get the job. and as you say, this is not about defense policy. what is so extraordinary is we actually have major defense issues from sequestration to the pivot towards asia, you name it. and none of this is part of it. and so you mentioned before the budget. what you're seeing here on virtuall
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